Ride Of A Lifetime: Singapore Bikers Rode 9D8N In South Korea
To most, riding is an essential. Yet to some, riding is a passion that never dies.
For the first time, a group of BMW Motorrad Singapore bikers took up their biggest riding adventure yet ever.
The event, titled ‘BMW Motorrad Singapore Fly Ride South Korea 2016’, was held in conjunction with the Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore) and Automobile Association of Singapore.
The group of bikers flew in their bikes from Singapore to South Korea for this mission. The journey started from Busan, Gyeongju, Pyeongchang, Cheorwon, Paju, Incheon, and finally the last stop – Seoul.
According to an exclusive interview with one of the riders who is also the sales operation manager of BMW Motorrad’s Singapore office Anthony Chaw (44), he said that one can only mostly see cityscapes when riding in Singapore.
He told the reporter, “I liked Korea’s smaller roads along the countryside with less traffic, especially winding roads ― riding trips here offer an experience I wouldn’t be able to enjoy in Singapore.”
One of the most common touring routes for Singapore bikers is crossing the border into Malaysia, then to Southern Thailand. However Anthony felt that it was the right time that he and his clients, who are also the fellow riders in the debut Korea trip, to grow. South Korea became their first destination.
The group of Singapore riders shipped their motorcycles to Busan Port, and started the journey from there, then to Gyeongju and Pyeongchang.
When talked about Gyeongju, Anthony was full of praises, “The mountainous roads around Gyeongju were amazing.”
The only regret the Singapore bikers might have was when they had to miss the stop at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to two-day delayed schedule caused by heavy rain. However, Mother Nature could not dampen their spirit, as they agreed they would “save this location for another time.”
Anthony talked about the challenges when riding in the rain, “The pace of the ride slows down in the rain and there are challenges ― your helmet visor and windscreen become blurry and the tire grip is not so firm.”
He added, “We still enjoyed it. Mother nature is part of riding.”
The BMW manager said, “We hope to arrange another trip next year and make this an opportunity to anchor this program at BMW Motorrad Singapore.”